Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Welsh Open: Ding fightback leaves Allen flat

Ding Junhui staged an amazing comeback to knock Antrim’s Mark Allen out of the Welsh Open last night.



Allen appeared to be in the driving seat as he held a 3-1 lead in the best of seven contest, but he was unable to secure a match-winning frame and when Ding got into his stride there was no stopping him.

Allen had quickly established a two-frame lead and Ding was rather fortunate to win a scrappy third to put himself on the board.

Allen scraped through a grim fourth frame as he moved to the brink of victory, but Ding won the next frame to reduce the deficit.

Allen, however, failed to capitalise when a shocking safety shot and a fluked plant left him with a great chance of winning frame six.

That missed opportunity allowed the Chinese player to make 81 to the pink and set up a deciding frame, which he took with a break of 79.

Ding will now face Ali Carter in the quarter-finals, as he continued his love affair with the Welsh Open with a 4-1 win over former world champion Peter Ebdon.

The Essex player, who won the event two years ago and reached last year's final before losing to John Higgins, led 3-0 and although Ebdon won a scrappy fourth frame, a 74 ensured victory for Carter.

Mark Williams continued his run with a 4-0 hammering of an out-of-sorts Jamie Cope.

Matthew Stevens beat his Welsh compatriot Ryan Day in a deciding frame.

He faces world number one John Higgins in the last eight.

Meanwhile Stephen Hendry compiled the 10th maximum break of his career in his match with Stephen Maguire.

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